Craft Time After Story Hour ~
Children enjoyed making a craft after story hour March 8 at the
Monroe County District Library. Shown, from left, are: Steven
Brodegard with his grandma Kate Brown, Kristyn Ackerman and
daughter Kaelyn; and Wesley Moore with his mom Sarah. Story hour
is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the library.
Martha Ackerman Photo
Around the Burnside
Trouble knocked on the door, heard a laugh and turned away.
you don’t know never hurts you; it’s what you suspect that
causes all the trouble.
disappointed. They told us we were getting eight inches of snow
and then changed it to six inches, then five inches and we got
only about two inches. It is still trying to snow. Maybe we will
make it after all. If that’s not all, I’m late for the Beacon’s
deadline as I was really busy this week. Who am I kidding? There
was a lot of basketball on TV this week and sometimes I have a
problem of thinking of something to bore you with each week.
did reach what I call a milestone this week. On Tuesday I had a
birthday. I guess I’m old enough to be called a grouchy old man
or maybe an old you know what. I really celebrated. I climbed
into our car, drove to the post office, picked up our mail and
drove back home and spent much of the rest of the day in my easy
chair. After all 68 is getting up there.
did have an enjoyable birthday. I was treated to a special meal
the Sunday before, received several cards and many birthday
greetings from my Facebook friends, even a card on the internet.
I received a small cake; however, there wasn’t room for all the
candles that would have been required plus the fact the sun was
shining and it was kind of warm that day. Oh yes, there was no
money included in any of the cards. I guess now I’ll have to
wait a whole year for another birthday.
Esther bought some organic bananas the other day. I don’t know
why but I’m guessing four was all she wanted. I ate one of them.
Guess what? It tasted exactly like a banana. I wonder why. Oh
well, whatever turns you on. It’s still trying to snow.
Times have really changed since I was born. I think maybe Grover
Cleveland was president. For example, I don’t remember ever
having our door locked at night. In fact, I don’t remember how
our doors were locked and we had an outside door that didn’t
even have a lock. Made it easy to sneak in late if you ever was
a mind to. On the other hand, when you went to school, got up
in the morning and did the chores including milking, chores
after school and no TV you spent most of the night in bed.
Summer time the same old thing except different.
sit here writing I can see many things we didn’t have in our
kitchen at home. We got along without all the fancy things that
brighten up and makes things much easier today.
hear a lot about bullying in school today. I guess maybe that
went on when I was in school. I don’t remember. Nowadays a
principle gives a student a middle finger salute and it makes
national TV. I’m glad I am retired.
heard several solutions of present day bullying. They even have
meeting after meeting on the subject. One solution I heard was
not to say anything to the student as this will just make the
student worse. Many of you older readers will remember what they
did back in your day. A few whacks on you know what worked
wonders. Do that today and it’s child abuse. And to think once
in awhile I walked around in shop with you know what and might
give a student a little surprise if I saw them breaking a safety
rule. It worked even if I never used it. As I said times have
changed. I remember the Supt. on my first job told me if a
student needed the board of education, use it and he would stand
Basketball season is over for the teams in the county for this
year. Time for baseball and track among other things.
think all of our teams had an excellent season. I didn’t get to
watch any of the games but I tried to follow their progress. All
three finished in the top four in their OVAC division and River
and Monroe Central made it to the district tournament. This is
no little accomplishment. I guess you know when they reach the
district there are only 32 teams in their district still playing
basketball. How many teams would trade places?
know from experience how the players, coaches and fans feel with
the loss of the first game in the district. They can hold their
head high as they played their best and really it’s no disgrace
to lose to a better team. Congratulations to the River, Monroe
Central and Beallsville High School
basketball teams. You’ve made us proud.
can never make your dreams come true by over sleeping.
Church doors are still open to all.
Our Readers Write
the past few years Switzerland of Ohio School District has made
leaps and bounds to further the educational opportunities for
our county’s students. Tax levies were passed and monies
provided for these improvements. Teacher salaries improved? New
schools are being built. Perfection! Or is it?
talking with my grandson, a junior at Swiss Hills, there seems
to be a monumental cover-up happening in our school district.
Text book availability for students.
I thought this can’t be so, so I called Swiss hills and talked
to his teacher, Mr. Shirley and lo and behold it is true. He
informed me that there are 20 to 24 books for 132 students!
Further there will be no more books until 2014! Now my next call
was to the school district office. I spoke to Mr. Richardson, he
said “there’s no way this could be”, and he would call Mr. Cook
and follow up. He commented about students “sharing” books in
class. OK. However they have no book to take home to do
“homework” with, yet their grade is based all or in part on the
text book. Hmmmm.
my grandson’s class of 20 they share three books! How can this
be? How many other classes are affected this way? How can they
receive an education without the materials needed? If this is
the case, then what else is being covered up here?
Something “stinks” in
Gregg Alls, Woodsfield
makes a good school district? Answer, the work force that comes
out of it. Bottom line.
you looked at our unemployment and the businesses that aren’t
there anymore? Just look at
too long our school board lives in its own world. Have you ever
tried to work with the school board? Do these answers sound
familiar? “I didn’t know that.” “There is no money.”
percentage of our kids is throw-a-ways? Not educated? For the
last 30 years our school system did not work. I’m a throw-a-way.
I fought for my children’s education and they are all graduates
of college, but if they wouldn’t be if I had listened.
Today is a new battle I will not let my grandchildren be the
next throw-a-ways. Crawl out from underneath your rock. No one
will help us, we must help ourselves. Speak out! Let us be
heard! We must work hard to let people know our plight. How hard
it is for us to cope. We are a capable workforce. We are asset
to the community. With the right training we could have done
pay the bills for the school now let the school work for it. If
you are interested in helping me, write to the Editor and get it
out in the open.
After reading about the humongous pile of tires in a recent
Beacon, I am wondering how the township, county and the EPA has
allowed this to go on for many years. In the photo, it looks as
if there is a mucky looking water hole in the background. Wow,
what a fantastic place for disease carrying mosquitoes.
pile of tires should have never been allowed in the first place.
The way I look at the situation, someone in the county has not
been doing their job in the past, in preventing this to occur.
thousands of tires may have been placed there illegally, and if
so, someone has done a good job of getting away with this.
tire’s physical structure, durability and heat retaining
characteristics make these stockpiles a potential threat to
human health, including the West Nile virus, and creates an ideal habitat for rodents
Paine was honored recently for her service to Beallsville
Chapter No. 24 Order of Eastern Star. Ruth was presented with
her 75-year pin. She is shown with Jane Shirbish, Worthy Matron.
Paine Receives 75-Year Pin
the February meeting of Beallsville Chapter #24 Order of the
Eastern Star, Ruth Paine received her 75-year pin. Ruth resides
with her son Charles on SR 26 outside of
pin was presented to her by her son, Charles Paine. This is
quite a distinct honor. Ruth has served the chapter in many
capacities as an officer. Among the offices which she held were
Worthy Matron in 1944, 1999 and 2000. Ruth also served as a
Deputy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Ohio in 1949. She
has also served the Chapter as organist for more than 50 years.
While speaking with Ruth, she recalled that she had ridden the
train to Beallsville on April 28, 1936, to be initiated into the
Order of Eastern Star. At the time she was a student at
taught school for many years at
High School, and later served with the
Ohio State University Extension Service as Home Economics Agent
~ Eagles Donate to
Local Entities ~
Monroe County entities received checks ranging
from $1,500 to $2,000 recently from the Woodsfield Eagles. The
Woodsfield Eagles No. 2302 was represented by club secretary Roy
Brannon, who presented the checks to the
Monroe County Senior
Center, Woodsfield Volunteer Fire
Department, Woodsfield Police Department, Monroe County
and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Shown, from left are: Alice
Piatt, Monroe County
site manager; CEO Gary Ricer, GMN Tri-County CAC, which manages
the senior site; Woodsfield Fire Chief Mike Young; Woodsfield
Police Chief Chuck Hamilton; Joan Michener, activity director,
Center; Monroe County
Sheriff Charles Black and Brannon. The
Center donation will be
used to further senior services; the fire department donation
will be used in its 503c funds; Woodsfield Police donation will
be used for an audio/video recording system; MCCC funds will be
used for entertainment expenses; and the Sheriff will use the
money to match a grant for vests.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
~ McPeek Home
Destroyed by Fire ~
March 8 fire destroyed the
Goddard Ridge Road home of Sardis residents Terry and Krista McPeek. The
call came in shortly after 2 p.m. to the Monroe County 911
dispatchers. Upon arrival, the Sardis Volunteer Fire Department
found the structure engulfed in flames.
Sardis was aided in fighting the fire by the
and Clarington fire departments. The Ohio Fire Marshall
reported that recessed lighting in the dining room ceiling
appeared to be the ignition point of the fire. The McPeek home
was a total loss; however, some family keepsakes were saved.
This photo shows the extensive damage done to the kitchen.
Donations may be sent to the Citizens National Bank in care of
Terry and Krista McPeek,
P.O. Box 230,
Sardis, OH 43946.
Photo Courtesy of Brian Jackson
Local Resident Attacked
R. Bolon of State Route 255 was transported to a local hospital
on March 5 with knife injuries.
According to Sheriff Charles Black, Bolon stopped at the
Sheriff’s Office earlier to report a verbal dispute which took
place at a local bar. At 2:55 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received
a call with Bolon saying someone was attempting to make entry
into his home. Before officers arrived, another call was
received. When officers arrived at the Bolon home, they saw
Robert Bailey, 52, and Hattie King, 51, in the driveway with
Bolon. The two suspects, Bailey and King, fled into the woods
but were apprehended by the officers.
According to Black, upon his arrest, Bailey was uncooperative ad
kicked the glass out of the cruiser. Black noted that additional
charges would be forthcoming.
commissioners held their weekly meeting on March 14. The
following took place during that meeting.
Greenlee of Team Monroe met with the commissioners to discuss
the ongoing efforts to hire an economic developer for the
county. Previously, the commissioners had consulted with James
Peters, the county’s prosecuting attorney, for advice on the
legality of co-mingling private and public money to fund the
Peters sent a letter to the commissioners citing that it was, in
fact, a legal strategy. According to Peters’ letter, there are
three sections of the Ohio Revised Code that allow the
commissioners to distribute money to a nonprofit organization.
In order to meet the requirements of the law, the organization
must be engaged in the development of public interest, the
development of economic tourism or community improvement.
While the co-mingling of private and public funds is legal, the
commissioners were also concerned about the control they would
be able to exert over the economic developer if such funding
methods were utilized.
According to Peters’ letter, if the commissioners were to give
the money to a nonprofit organization for the hiring of an
economic developer, they would not have a legal right to exert
control over the position. However, if the private portion of
the funds was first donated to the county and then the position
was paid through the county treasury, the commissioners would
have rightful influence over the economic developer. Despite the
new information, no decisions were made. Team
will meet with the commissioners again on March 21.
second public hearing with the Ohio Regional Development
Corporation was held during the meeting. Dale Hartle of ORDC met
with the commissioners to discuss details about the CHIP grant
that could bring help to select county home owners and tenants.
The application will be filed on April 1 with a decision likely
coming in August. The commissioners passed a motion to sign the
David Locke, District Director of U.S. Congressman Bill
Johnson’s local office attended for a meet and greet with the
commissioners. Locke made inquiries about locations in
Woodsfield and Sardis or Hannibal that would be
good meeting places. Johnson’s office plans on having what
Locke called “Open Doors” which would be a monthly session in
which representatives from Johnson’s office will be accessible
to converse with constituents of the county.
Pay to Stay Plan a Success
March 7 commissioners meeting saw a busy schedule, but little
action was taken.
Sheriff Chuck Black attended the meeting to seek approval in
accepting a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The
commissioners approved the acceptance of the $5400 grant which
will fund upgrades in tactical equipment.
Sheriff Black also discussed the initial success of the office’s
Pay to Stay plan which was instituted at the end of 2010.
Aptly named, the plan requires prisoners to pay for their stays
during incarceration. Throughout the first full month of the
plan’s implementation, $1440 was brought into the office’s
motion was passed to reappoint attorney Bill Frank to the County Public Defender’s
Commission. His term had recently expired. His reappointment
means that he will be on the commission for a new four-year term
County engineer Lonnie Tustin closed out the meeting with news
about a settlement with Rocky Express Pipeline.
German Ridge Rd. had been damaged due
to the company’s work in the area. Upon assessing the damage,
the county billed Rocky Express Pipeline $115,000 to repair the
road. The company then countered with an offer of only $51,000.
After negotiations, a settlement of $95,000 was reached. The
commissioners passed a motion to accept the offer pending
approval of the settlement language by prosecuting attorney
Clyde Blair, 82, Beallsville, died March 8, 2011 in Woodsfield
Nursing and Rehab
Center. He was born Dec. 19, 1928 in
New Martinsville, a son of the late Albert and Nell Riggenbach
was a farmer and a retired employee of Conalco near Hannibal; he was also a member of Sunsbury
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Marjorie Kernen Blair; a
daughter, Faye Marn; two sons, Steve (Karen) Blair, Keith
(Connie) Blair, all of Beallsville; and two grandsons, Daniel
and Devin Blair.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
brothers, Carl and Paul Blair; and a son-in-law, Gene Marn.
Friends were received March 13 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral service were held March 14, with
Minister Keith Ball officiating. Burial followed in
Masonic services were conducted March 13 at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net.
BERTON E. THOMAS
Berton Earle Thomas, 82, SR 556, Clarington, passed away March
9, 2011 at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1929 in
Ind., a son of the late Ott and
was a retired electrician at Ormet Corporation, Hannibal, and a
member of First Church of God, New Martinsville.
Surviving are a daughter, Debra (John) Antill of Sardis; two
(Bertha) Thomas of Powhatan Point, Kenneth (Freda) Thomas of
Linton, Ind.; two grandchildren,
Christy Eikleberry, Tony Delili; and five great-grandchildren,
Megan Eikleberry, Brandon Delili, Conner Delili, Emma Jewels
Delili and Chase Delili.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,
Ruby J. Thomas on Aug. 10, 2010; and a brother, Malcom Thomas.
Graveside services were held March 11 at
Cemetery, with Rev.
Russell Whitener officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com.